Demand Management Strategies for Providence Water Supply Board

by Arun K. Deb, Roy F. Weston, West Chester, United States,
Frank M. Grablutz, Roy F. Weston, West Chester, United States,
Paul Gadoury, Roy F. Weston, West Chester, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Resources Planning and Management: Saving a Threatened Resource—In Search of Solutions


The Providence water supply is the largest in Rhode Island, and the demands placed upon it continue to increase with the growth of the area as other systems turn to it as a preferred source of quality water. The Providence Water Supply Board (PWSB) conducted a study to accurately analyze the existing demand and develop a strategy of proper and optimum management of this demand. The paper discusses various demand management strategies considered and their effectiveness in controlling water demand in the future. The approach and goals of the project have been outlined by Richard Rafanovic, Chief Engineer of the PWSB. In compiling accurate water consumption data by water use classification a database was developed by superimposing water utility billing databases with tax assessors' databases. The new database provides water use classification and water consumption information for all customers. A set of water demand management strategies has been developed and its effectiveness was determined.

Subject Headings: Water demand | Water management | Water supply | Water supply systems | Water quality | Databases | Water use | Islands | Rhode Island | United States

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